AltocumulusA cloud of a class characterized by globular masses or rolls in layers or patches, the individual elements being larger and darker than those of cirrocumulus and smaller than those of stratocumulus. These clouds are of medium altitude, about 8000-20,000 ft (2400-6100 m).CirrocumulusA cirriform cloud characterized by thin, white patches, each of which is composed of very small granules or ripples. These clouds are of high altitude (20,000-40,000 ft or 6000 -12,000 m).Cumulus(Abbrev. CU) - detached clouds, generally dense and with sharp outlines, showing vertical development in the
form of domes, mounds, or towers. Tops normally are rounded while bases are more horizontal. See Cb,
towering cumulus.Cumulus BuildupsClouds which develop vertically due to unstable air. Characterized by their cauliflower-like or tower-like appearance of moderately large sizeCumulus CongestusA large, towering cumulus cloud with great vertical development, usually with a cauliflower-like appearance, but lacking the characteristic anvil of a cumulonimbus.FractocumulusA cumulus cloud presenting a ragged, shredded appearance, as if torn.StratocumulusLow-level clouds, existing in a relatively flat layer but having individual elements. Elements often are arranged in rows, bands, or waves. Stratocumulus often reveals the depth of the moist air at low levels, while the speed of the cloud elements can reveal the strength of the low-level jet.Towering CumulusA large cumulus cloud with great vertical development, usually with a cauliflower-like appearance, but lacking the characteristic anvil of a Cb. (Often shortened to "towering cu," and abbreviated TCU.)
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